In the musical Fiddler On The Roof, the big-hearted Tevye cherishes his Jewish heritage. It brings him a sense of pride and vigor. He relishes the possibility that if only others could embrace his beliefs and ideals the world would be happy and right. I can hear Tevye singing “Tradition”, can't you? Tevye is attempting … Continue reading Fiddlers On The Roof: Truh-dish-uhhhn!
Luke 10:25-37 (NIV) 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and … Continue reading Who’s Framing Who?
https://youtu.be/-Mxjmti325o "When my husband left for his deployment our 6-year old son could not walk on his own. He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his (daddy's) homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk … Continue reading Fix You
Why wasn't Jesus sacrificed upon a mountain like his ancestor Isaac? Why did Jesus go through the torture and humiliation of crucifixion if his goal was just to pay a hefty price for sins? What was the reason for the Roman nails? Should we be asking more questions about Jesus' cross? And, if feel like … Continue reading Why the Nails?
If you knew, before their birth, that your child or one of your children would be diagnosed with a rare and unstoppable disease and you would endure the loss, would you still choose to have that child? In other words, if you knew that an opportunity to experience the incredible ability to love someone would … Continue reading He Knew The Future And Chose To Embrace Us Anyway
"Jesus withdrew his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready … Continue reading Mark 3:7-19 Discipleship In Mark #18 – “Selecting Generals”
The “indebtedness code” is something that was being dealt with by Jesus head on. Like a casino, the purity traditions and debt laws of the priestly class forced the Israelites into classes of people. There were the wealthy and powerful elites like the Pharisees and there were the poor like we begin seeing early on … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #9 (House Rules)
What does a casino have to do with Jesus? And, can we compare worshipers to gamblers? …Go ahead, read on. You can tell if me if I’m way off here and I’ll acknowledge it. Common knowledge tells us that casinos have a rigged system so they always come out ahead financially. They’re businesses, not charities. … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #10 (House Rules 2)
21 was a 2008 movie inspired by the MIT Blackjack Team. If I remember the story well enough the members of the team were legally counting cards in casinos and winning. Now, this is just one more post on the internet using a bit of that story. In other words, if the team was never … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #8 (Avoiding the Security Cameras?)
9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” 12Immediately … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #7 (I Love You. I’m Proud Of You. Again)